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Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness Hardcover – October 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (October 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814416802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814416808
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“…important and groundbreaking book…provides the tools necessary for African Americans and members of other minorities, to achieve success and respect on their own terms.” —BlogBusinessWorld



“…Pinkett and Rutgers Business School Professor Jeffrey Robinson present a trailblazing path for leveraging ethnic and cultural assets to not only win the game of success in any arena, but to reshape America and leave a powerful legacy for generations to come…. They show how to achieve professional and personal success while affirming and amplifying racial pride by learning, mastering, and ultimately redefining ‘the ever-changing game’ - their new metaphor for our competitive world of work and life. Building on the four dimensions of the contemporary Black experience - identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity their book provides a strategic roadmap to keep African Americans moving forward in their journey toward not simply equal treatment but equal respect for their diversity and uniqueness. Covering ten groundbreaking strategies, they inspire and empower every Black man and woman.” -- Career News Service



“…a trailblazing path for leveraging ethnic and cultural assets….[the authors] inspire and empower every Black man and woman.” -- Career News Service



“A helpful handbook designed for the average African-American armed with credentials yet in a quandary about how to flourish in the midst of a corporate culture tainted by intolerance in terms of skin color.” -- Caribbean Life



Black Faces in White Places is the perfect book for any Black job hunter who seeks a real career….[a] thoughtful, helpful book.” – The Chicago Crusader

Book Description

If the name Randal Pinkett sounds familiar, it may be because Pinkett was the first African-American winner on The Apprentice. When he won, this black man also became the only contestant to be asked to share his victory—with a white woman. The request (and Pinkett’s subsequent refusal) set off a firestorm of controversy that inevitably focused on the issue of race in the American workplace and in society.

For generations, African-Americans have been told that to succeed, they need to work twice as hard as everyone else. But as millions of black Americans were reminded by Pinkett’s experience, sometimes hard work is not enough. Black Faces in White Places is about “the game”—that is, the competitive world in which we all live and work. The book offers 10 revolutionary strategies for playing, mastering, and changing the game for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old “glass ceiling,” but also about examining the four dimensions of the contemporary black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it is about changing the very concept of success itself.

Based on the authors’ considerable experiences in business, in the public eye, and in the minority, the book shows how African-American professionals can (and must) think and act both Entrepreneurially and “Intrapreneurially,” combine their collective strengths with the wisdom of others, and plant the seeds of a positive and lasting legacy.


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Very well written and easy to implement applications!
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It was a way for them to focus on the things in life they could control and still achieve their dreams!
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Definitely a must read for anyone entering or currently working in Corporate America.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vaughn L. McKoy on February 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I started reading the book at 11:00 pm on a Friday night and when I finally came up for air, it was 2:00 am! When I woke up the next morning, I picked it back up before I ate breakfast or worked out -- I was hooked. The book articulated and confirmed and many of my own thoughts and experiences working in law firms, government and corporate America. Great research, good insights and well written. The book came to life when I moderated a discussion with the authors in mid-February for a group of employees at Fortune 500 company. If you have a chance to experience these gentlemen live, do it!
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Format: Hardcover
"Black Faces in White Places" should be mandatory reading for all Black Americans before entering the workforce, because it provides a much needed road map for success. As I read the book, I constantly nodded my head in agreement with the abundance of accurate advice and strategies contained within its pages. Everything I learned "on the job" in 17 years is laid out in great detail and is easily digestible by the reader. With "Black Faces in White Places" in hand, I can only imagine what I could have accomplished, if I had spent the time "learning the game" to "leveraging the game".

The authors have outdone themselves.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Trina Williams on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Like other reviewers, I wish this book had been around when I first entered the workforce and starting playing `the game.' I will definitely share it with young people that I meet to help them to start thinking early about developing their own strategies for career success and legacy building. But even now a decade and a half in, I found many sections of the book helpful as I set new goals and make strategic choices. I especially liked the final sections on `Mastering the Game" that gave equal treatment to Intrapreneurship--generating creative change within existing organizations--and Entrepreneurship. Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson provide helpful examples from their own lives and the experiences of others to clarify points and make the advice live. Whether one is just starting out in a professional career or reflecting on past experiences, this book is challenging and inspirational. To anyone (Black or otherwise) that desires to be a leader or a change maker within their own sphere of influence, this book is a must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clint W. on December 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Pinkett and Dr. Robinson captured everything I needed to know to take my career to the next level and "Redefine the Game". This book gives so much insight on how the importance of knowing yourself, breaking through the barriers to achieve your goals, and ultimately giving back to others so one day we won't have to worry about redefining game anymore. I certainly recommend this book. If I could change anything it would be that this book was written while I was still in undergrad, because it puts so much in perspective for young Black people like me. Black Faces in White Places has motivated me and I'm looking forward to reading more of Dr. Pinkett and Dr. Robinson's books. Bless you Brothers! ~1906
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harris on July 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you are unaware that you are caught up in a game; or if you know that you are in a game but can't figure out the rules-or even the objective then Black Faces in White Places will help you discover the the often misunderstood game.

When you read this book, you will see how the game has been impacting your life; gain an understanding of the rules of the game; but more importantly the book goes on to help you leverage the game for your own success...and then to leverage your success to help others find theirs.

I was drawn to this book because I am often the Black Face in a white place, and I was looking for strategies and yes some encouragement on how to handle that. It is one thing to on occasion be the only black person in the room, it is something else entirely to find yourself in this situation on a continous basis. This book helps you begin to understand how to handle it; how to actively engage without losing yourself; and how to be comfortable in "your own skin" so to speak. The innerwork of knowing and defining who you are and establishing your identify is crucial to building the confidence to excell. From doing more than just working for your own success to aspiring to your own greatness and focusing on your own game this book helps you to redirect your thinking and your energy from your minority status (the only black face in the place) to implementing your own strategy to leverage the opportunity that you've been given.

The authors do an exceptional job of helping us to navigate a complex concept in a well thought out way, which is quite difficult when dealing with subject matter that is non-linear by nature. I found it thought provoking, stimulating, and comforting all at the same time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Lewin on April 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Black Faces In White Places is far more than a "how-to succeed in the corporate world" manual for African Americans. It not only explains in great and meaningful detail how to play the game, but how to get downright creative with the game, for your own tremendous benefit. Also, Drs. Randall Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson provide a brilliant analysis of networking. You may think you know what networks are, and how they work, but after reading Black Faces In White Places, you will see that you do not. If for no other reason, read this book to maximize your professional and personal linkages for mutual benefit to you and your associates.

Many of us torment themselves with the nagging query, "Should my endeavors primarily benefit myself or my community?" Put another way, "Do those of us who have made it, owe a debt to those of us who have not?" The authors, in stunning fashion, reveal this to be an utterly false dichotomy. One can, and should, do both simultaneously. Instead of continuing to debate with yourself what appears a terrible quandary, read this book and see not only how you can help others as you help yourself, but how helping others actually helps yourself.

Another gem of wisdom contained in Black Faces In White Places is the absolute need to "step outside your comfort zone." We must, each of us, step out of the normal, comfortable routines and circles which we find ourselves in, and open up to new people and new challenges, not just for the sake of our financial well-being, but for our emotional and psychological health as well.

In short, Pinkett and Robinson are two highly educated, very successful, very well adjusted, young men much admired within, and without, our community.
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